Motorcycle Shipping

Bump free journey
all the way

Motorcycle shipping is something we get really excited about. There is nothing like shipping a customer’s Motorbike from one part of the world to the other. In some cases reuniting with the owner, and in other cases delivering to the new owner.

With so many happy motorcycle shipping customers you can just put your feet up and wait for us to deliver.

Need some help?

With all shipping you first have to decide where you are shipping from and where you are shipping too most of the time you’ll soon figure this out pretty quickly, below we have put together some guides for shipping vehicles on wheels from many popular countries.


However if your guide is not below we can still help with so many parts of the world to explore or to purchase your new motorbike from we can likely help just get in touch with one of our friendly staff today.

Once you now where you are shipping from and too you need to decide what shipping method you should use the most common method for shipping a motorbike is in a shared container sometimes this will have to be crated and sometimes it can be uncrated depending on the volume of motorbikes on the route you choose, however from some locations roll on roll off is a cheaper overall options .


Check the below links for more details.

Which method of
shipping will suit you best?

We will assist you
all the way

Shipping your motorcycle with rocket freight is a straight forward process having shipped thousands of motorbikes all over the planet if you can dream it its likely we can make it happen or if you can buy it its also likely we can ship your motorcycle back to new Zealand.  


We pride ourselves on our shipping experience and our dedicated team will assist you all the way with no surprises see below some of our most frequently asked questions about motorcycle shipping.

The most common things to Consider before shipping a Motorbike

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival
All goods over a value of NZD 1000 imported into NZ are subject to GST, and some items may be subject to Duty. The current rate is 15% of the CIF value (meaning the cost of your goods, + freight + insurance) some goods have exemption such as personal effects and vehicles but only under certain conditions. Contact rocket freight to find out if a concession applies to your situation.

What about quarantine decontamination and cleanliness

MPI is looking for anything that might be a threat to New Zealand’s Biosecurity. This can be insects such as the fruit fly which would devastate crops and farmers lively hoods if allowed access to new Zealand unchecked by MPI, also microscopic natural threats like PSA kiwifruit disease which likely came through the border. Seeds, dirt, grass and basically anything that is alive or was alive at some stage could potentially be a threat and is taken very seriously by MPI. We highly recommend to save additional fees anything you send to NZ is of the highest standard of cleanliness. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions.

What paperwork do I need in order to ship

There are many different types of documents that you may need depending on the type of goods you are trying to Import. Rocket Freight can help you determine this, however the main documents needed for a simple customs clearance is:

  1. A bill of lading
  2. Purchase invoice
  3. NZ Customs Client Registration Number (for goods over NZ$1000.00)
  4. Container Quarantine Declaration (for full containers)

Some goods will require a fumigation certificate, a phytosanitary certificate, or a certificate of origin. Contact Rocket Freight today for help with your import documentation.

What about compliance & registration costs

Compliance and registration are additional costs. We can help with complying your vehicle for registration in NZ but the registration process itself must be handled by the importer. There are many compliance centres available throughout NZ if you choose to arrange this yourself, otherwise the team can help guide you through this process. Get in touch today.

Questions our customers frequently ask when it comes to Motorcycle shipping

How long does it take?

That all depends! On where its coming from or going to, and on what service you choose. The sailing times and frequencies vary, so if your timeline is pressing get in touch today and we can look at the different options available to you.

When and how should I book in?

The sooner the better! As soon as you have a plan in place we can request space with the shipping lines. Depending on the space availability there may be a delay on shipping so if you have a date in mind get in touch with the Rocket Freight team immediately and we can set up a booking for you.

Do I need to have a current registration to ship?

No, however for exports you do have to de-register the car before it leaves the country. The team at Rocket Freight can guide you through this process.

Do you Pickup Motorcycles worldwide?

Yes, we can pick up your motorcycle from anywhere in the world. Contact the team and we can get you sorted.

Will my motorcycle be insured?

In most cases insurance is not included in the quoted freight price. However freight forwarders like us – Rocket Freight will be able to help you insure the goods for transit. It pays to check your Inco terms / Purchase terms as this may be arranged with your supplier. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions about insurance.

Can a motorcycle ship via roll on roll off?

Yes, you can check out or page on roll on / roll off for more information.

Motorcycle shipping experts

We are here to help with any and all questions, we are specialists in the field of freight and logistics and can help guide you through all the relevant information surrounding motorcycle shipping and have the experience to ensure you make the right shipping decisions based on what is important to you.